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Cape Canaveral Weather Forces Atlas V Scrub

Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., (Oct. 4, 2017) A ULA Atlas V rocket carrying the NROL-52 mission stands poised for launch. Photo: ULA.

An early morning launch attempt at Cape Canaveral has been scrubbed due to weather. United Launch Alliance was poised to send a classified surveillance satellite into orbit on an Atlas V rocket. Ground winds prevented Thursday morning’s launch attempt.

The mission is for the National Reconnaissance Office, a Department of Defense agency that designs, builds and operates satellites for US intelligence interests.

ULA says it will try to launch again Friday. That could mean a busy weekend on the Space Coast, with SpaceX also set to launch a commercial communications satellite this weekend. However, weather could delay both of those launches as Tropical Storm Nate moves into the area.

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Brendan Byrne

About Brendan Byrne

Space Reporter and 'Intersection' Producer

Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts "Are We There Yet?", WMFE's space exploration podcast He also helps produce WMFE's twice-weekly public affairs show "Intersection," working with host Matthew Peddie to shape the ... Read Full Bio »